Joana Vieira



I completed my PhD in Neuroscience in 2014 and trained as a CIHR postdoctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario, Canada (2014-2018). In September 2018, I started as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience.

The overarching goal of my research is to investigate the impact of phylogenetically conserved emotional processes on human social behaviour. I am especially interested in understanding the role of defensive emotional states (fear and anxiety) on interpersonal behaviours of varying complexity, ranging from the instinctual regulation of personal space, to more complex social and moral decisions. I address these questions using behavioural testing, psychophysiology and functional neuroimaging.